If you’ve ever listened to a podcast, visited LinkedIn or had a distant thought about job searching you’ve undoubtedly crossed the path of a recruiter. At first glance, they may seem odd. Afterall, their job is to find you a job. But how did they find that job? Who recruits the recruiters?
Although it may seem like a hot new idea that’s just breaking through to the mainstream, the staffing industry goes back quite a while.
If you believe what you see on TV, staffing agencies have existed since the caveman era. Without them, Barney Rubble would have had a tough time finding a construction job before the industry existed. In reality, staffing agencies began developing in the late 50s and early 60s, entering the public eye and making them fair game for cartoon satire.
While soldiers shipped off to WW2 in record numbers, the number of open positions meant employers filled the roles or went out of business. To lighten and speed up the workload, they called in some help. With Vietnam entering the picture the need for staffing assistance continued. The success of the system and wealth of these rising companies made them open their doors to the everyday job seeker.
From the 1970s onward the role of staffing agencies began to evolve. Rather than simply finding a new employee and moving on, they found themselves picking up repeat clients and working as an HR department for the employees they assist.
Today, the U.S. is home to around 20,000 staffing agencies who help millions of soon-to-be and current employees every day. Companies allow them to handle a number of responsibilities including pay and benefits for situations where temporary help is needed. Job seekers can expect to be paired with recruiters who get to know more about them, work on needs/wants and then begin finding the right match.
With every technological breakthrough, the staffing industry grows. Take us for example. If you visit Monikl you’ll find a familiar setup. Job seekers and job providers coming together to find the perfect match. What we’ve done is simplify and speed up the process. Rather than relying on a recruiter’s judgment and schedule, our system automatically pairs you with the most compatible businesses and candidates based on experience and preference.
What’s next for the staffing industry? Only time will tell. But what’s next in your career is up to you. Begin searching for your next step at www.Monikl.com.